Missourians head to Rio
Families across America love to come together and watch the Olympics every four years. This year, the Olympic Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through 21.
I wanted to make sure you knew one of Missouri’s own, J’den Cox from Columbia, will be competing as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Summer Games.
Currently a junior at Mizzou, J’den is now one of only two students in Mizzou’s history to qualify for the Olympic wrestling team. While J’den was on the U.S. National Wrestling Team, he was not guaranteed a place on the 2016 Olympics as the team did not place high enough. Despite these odds, J’den traveled to Mongolia where he competed and earned his place on this U.S. Olympic Team.
It is great to see such dedicated and talented people like J’den right here in Missouri’s Fourth. I could not be more proud of J’den and look forward to watching him compete. You may read more about J’den’s incredible journey as a wrestler here.
There are a number of other Missourians competing in Rio as well. Click on the names below to read about their stories.
Gwen Berry, Florissant
Deanna Price, Moscow Mills
Brittany Borman, Festus
Courtney Frerichs, Nixa
Zach Garrett, Wellington
Edward King, Ironton
Colleen Quigley, St. Louis
Michael Rodgers, Florissant
Becky Sauerbrunn, St. Louis
Murphy Troy, St. Louis
You can also view the U.S. Olympic Committee’s press release announcing the entire 555-member 2016 Team USA here.